Sensible Guy

02.24.13

Our Next Energy Secretary?

A totally not crazy protestor (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) ()

Even the rumor that President Obama will appoint Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist at MIT who previously served in the Clinton Administration, has the "green" left in an uproar. Sounds to me like a decent candidate. (Emphasis mine):

“Mr. Moniz is affiliated with the industry-backed MIT Energy Initiative, so we shouldn’t be surprised about his favorable position on fracking,” read the statement. “But President Obama could do a lot better. Appointing Mr. Moniz would be a nail in the coffin for one of his most lauded inaugural speech promises: a commitment to focus on climate solutions.”

“Appointing Mr. Moniz would be a nail in the coffin for one of his most lauded inaugural speech promises: a commitment to focus on climate solutions.”

Moniz is a nuclear physicist at MIT and serves as the director of the school’s Energy Initiative. He also has a history in Washington, having served as Energy undersecretary during Bill Clinton’s second term. He has publically advocated natural gas as a transition fuel to a low-carbon future and argued that is the most cost effective source over renewable energy.